Advertisement

 TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Randy Johnson will make his first spring training start Monday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks' left-hander is expected to pitch two innings against the Colorado Rockies at Hi Corbett Field, another sign of progress as he returns from back surgery.
``Everything's gone on schedule,'' Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin said Sunday. ``This is right around the first date that we thought that he would potentially take the mound in a game.''
The 44-year-old Johnson went 4-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts for Arizona last season, the last on June 28, before undergoing his second back operation in less than a year.
Melvin said he has not projected Johnson's first regular-season start. The Big Unit enters the season with 284 career wins.
``It's all going to be outing to outing,'' Melvin said. ``With him, we're not even close to that yet.''
Melvin said the Rockies have agreed to his request to use a designated hitter so Johnson won't have to bat.

Recent MLB Discussions

Advertisement
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Nationals vs. Giants Free Pick The Giants continue to struggle in the second half but will they pull off a surprise upset of the Nationals at 10:15PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Brewers Prediction Will the Pirates pull off the small upset versus the Brewers when the two NL Central rivals clash at 8:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Tigers, Astros kick off key weekend set Bloodied but unbowed, the Astros have plenty of reasons to begin this weekend’s series on a positive note.
Thumbnail Mariners vs. Cubs Prediction Are the Mariners a good bet to pull off the upset against the Cubs this afternoon when the two teams clash at 2:20PM ET?
Thumbnail Girardi's surging Yankees visit Rays Following a well-earned day of rest for their numerous veterans, the Yankees are ready to resume a most improbable playoff chase.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages